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Philadelphia Union getting ready to reach regular season milestone

The Philadelphia Union, soccer team, a member of MLS’ Eastern Conference, has been around for 10 years. The franchise was established on February 28, 2008 but began play in 2010.

Their contest in Columbus last Saturday night, was the 299th regular-season match of all-time.

That means, the next match for the team, on October 6 vs. Minnesota, will be the 300th in the history of the organization.

Houston Dynamo, tonight’s Crew SC opponent, has two MLS Cups in 12-year history



One of the Dynamo's owners is former pro boxing great Oscar De La Hoya shown here at DEWALT POWER TOOLS FIGHT NIGHT CLUB 2010 photo by Akira Kouchiyama via wikipedia commons

Houston Dynamo are an American professional soccer club based in Houston, Texas. The franchise competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The Dynamo had first played their home games at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus until 2011. Since 2012, the Dynamo has played home matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Houston. The team’s head coach is Wilmer Cabrera.

The Dynamo was established on December 15, 2005 when the then owner of the San Jose EarthquakesAnschutz Entertainment Group, announced that the team was relocating to Houston after failed attempts in securing a soccer-specific stadium in San Jose, California. The club would then be an expansion team of the league, which began play in 2006. The Dynamo is owned by Gabriel Brener, Jake Silverstein, Ben Guill, and world Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.[1]

Houston Dynamo’s domestic success consists of winning the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups in their first two seasons. In 2008, Houston became the first American club to secure a point on Mexican soil in the CONCACAF Champions League era during the 2008-2017 format of the tournament.


Bringing an MLS club to the Bayou City

MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed on November 16, 2005 that the league had granted permission to San Jose Earthquakes‘ owners Anschutz Entertainment Group to relocate the team for the 2006 season, giving the entertainment giant 30 days to make a decision. Garber was in Houston and spoke with the media before an international friendly between Mexico and Bulgaria at Reliant Stadium, citing Houston as a next destination for an MLS club whether the Earthquakes moved or not.

“This is the market they’ve got their sights set on. This is a market that we’ve got investor interest, we’ve got sponsor interest, we’ve got media interest. This is a market that’s going to be terrific for us. We will have a team in Houston in due time. The question is whether we have one as early as 2006 as part of a move, or as an expansion team. We’ll get a team here, there’s no doubt in our mind.”

— MLS Commissioner Don Garber, in an interview with the Associated Press, printed November 16, 2005

On December 15, 2005, Major League Soccer announced the relocation of the San Jose franchise, along with all players and coaches under contract, to Houston. The Earthquakes name, colors and competition records were retained by the league for a possible expansion team. According to MLS, AEG had invested more than $20 million in the Earthquakes since purchasing the team in 2003 and suffered significant losses during that period because of its stadium deal. AEG had previously considered Houston as a site to relocate to and entered “positive discussions” about finding a soccer stadium in Houston.

“This is not an expansion franchise. This is one of the best teams in the MLS. You’re getting an extraordinary franchise.”
— AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke, at Houston City Hall, December 16, 2005

A ceremony was held outside Houston City Hall on December 16, 2005, to officially announce the franchise’s arrival. Mayor Bill White joined city council members, Harris County officials, local soccer organizers and fans in welcoming team coach Dominic Kinnear and players Pat Onstad and Wade Barrett with cowboy boots and hats. It was disclosed that the team would train and play at the University of Houston‘s Robertson Stadium on a three-year lease with the university earning a percentage of the revenues from concessions, parking and other sources.

In an immediate effort to plant roots in the community, AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke announced former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck as the team’s president and general manager. A previous NFL Europe executive, Luck had served as the head of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority since 2001 and was instrumental in pursuing an MLS team for the city while also overseeing the construction of Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros), Reliant Stadium (home to the Texans) and the Toyota Center (home to the Rockets) during his tenure.

Inaugural season (2006)


The Dynamo finished their first season with an 11–8–13 record, earning them second place in the Western Conference. In the Conference semi-final playoffs, they beat Chivas USA. They beat Colorado Rapids 3–1 in the Western Conference Final to advance to the MLS Cup.

Houston beat the New England Revolution 4–3 on penalty kicks after a 1–1 tie to win the 2006 MLS Cup on November 12, 2006, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The game was scoreless until the second half of extra time when New England’s Taylor Twellman scored. One minute later, Brian Ching headed in the tying goal for Houston, and for the first time in MLS history, the championship was decided by a penalty shootoutKelly Gray and Stuart Holden scored Houston’s first two penalty kicks. Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching scored the last two. Goalkeeper Pat Onstad saved New England’s Jay Heaps penalty kick to secure the MLS Cup for Houston. By winning the 2006 MLS Cup, Houston qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup.

2007 season: Repeat

Houston finished in second place in the regular season in the Western Conference, advancing to the 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, where they met FC Dallas in the first round. Dallas won the first leg 1–0, but Houston won the second leg at Robertson Stadium, 4–1 in extra time, to win 4–2 on aggregate. Houston faced the Kansas City Wizards in the Western Conference final, winning 2–0 to advance to the MLS Cupchampionship game for the second year in a row. Just like in 2006, Houston faced the New England Revolution for the championship. Houston won 2–1 on a game-winning goal by Dwayne De Rosario in the second half, thus winning their second MLS Cup in a row.

Colors and badge

The colors of the Dynamo crest are orange, black and white, with Space City blue added as an accent and border color. The star on the crest is an ad hoc adoption, likely a nod to the Houston, Texas Flag or the “Houston 1836″ crest concept. It also retains the soccer ball with the star in the middle from the “1836″ logo, though the shadow is changed to Space City blue.

With the 2006 MLS Cup win, a sanctioned star was added above the shield in 2008, after wearing the scudetto in 2007. Since they won the MLS Cup again in 2007. they wore the scudetto for the second consecutive year in 2008. Consequently, a sanctioned star was added to the logo in 2009 for their win at MLS Cup 2007.


Houston announced the name “Dynamo”, on March 7, 2006, which refers to Houston’s energy-based industrial economy, as well as a previous Houston soccer team, Houston Dynamos who played in the Lone Star Soccer Alliance and United Soccer League. The official reason for the name is that “Dynamo is a word to describe someone who never fatigues, never gives up. The name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking kind of town.” The name “Dynamo” is also an homage to teams based out in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union: Dinamo TbilisiDinamo BatumiDynamo KyivDinamo BucureștiDynamo Moscow and Dinamo Zagreb. The team colors are orange, white, and “Space City” blue or “Luv Ya Blue” (light blue), meant as a symbol of the city of Houston flag which is light blue and of yet another team in Houston’s sports history – the Houston Oilers of the NFL.

Originally, on January 25, 2006, the team had announced that Houston 1836 would be the team name. This followed an online survey for the fans to provide suggestions for the name. According to MLS & AEG, who chose the name, the 1836 name referred to the year that the city of Houston was founded by brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. The name had perceived ambiguity, however, as it is also the year of Texan independence from Mexico. Houston 1836′s logo featured a silhouette of General Sam Houston, one of Houston’s and Texas’ most famous historical figures. The choice of Houston 1836 soon became a political issue. It raised a furor among some locals of Hispanic descent, a major target audience, who related 1836 with the war for Texas independence. Due to protests from Hispanic fans, the name was changed to the Dynamo. MLS has since not allowed any online surveys to name expansion teams.

The Houston Dynamo have always worn an orange top as their primary jersey adorned with three white stripes over the shoulder. On several occasions, the first kit has featured a touch of “Space City Blue” to incorporate the City of Houston. The orange jersey has mostly been accompanied by white shorts except on occasions when the team has worn all-orange. Adidas has been the only kit brand worn in the club’s history because of the manufacturer’s deal with Major League Soccer.

During their first 10 seasons, the Dynamo wore a white jersey as part of their secondary kit. The white top has been accompanied by orange or white shorts. In 2016, the club introduced an all-black kit as their secondary uniform. The club also featured an all-orange kit – a different shade of orange – as a third kit during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

The Dynamo’s first jersey sponsor was Amigo Energy, announced as a four-year, $7.5 million sponsorship. The team debuted their newly sponsored kits in a 1-0 home win over rival FC Dallas on August 19, 2007, and donned the energy company as a sponsor until the end of the 2010 season. Before the start of the 2011 season, Greenstar Recycling was announced as the second jersey sponsor in club history. The agreement with Greenstar was a three-year deal – with two option years – worth $12.7 million and made them the club’s recycling partner ahead of the move to BBVA Compass Stadium the following year. After being bought out by Waste Management in February 2013, Greenstar asked to terminate their sponsorship and the Dynamo played with a blank jersey during the 2013 season. Oil giant BHP Billiton signed on as the club’s third jersey sponsor in 2014, in a deal that also included sponsoring the Houston Dash.






Year Regular season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions’ League
Top scorer # Top assists #
2006 2nd, West (11–8–13) MLS Cup Champions Semi-finals Could not qualify De RosarioChing 11 Davis 11
2007 2nd, West (15–8–7) MLS Cup Champions Round of 16 Semi-finals NgwenyaChing 7 HoldenMulrooney 5
2008 1st, West (13–5–12) Lost Conference Semi-finals Round of 16 Semi-finals
Ching 13 Davis 8
2009 2nd, West (13–8–9) Lost Conference Finals Semi-finals Group stage Ching 8 Davis 12
2010 7th, West (9–15–6) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify Ching 7 Davis 12
2011 2nd, East (12–9–13) Runners-up Did not qualify Did not qualify Four players tied 5 Davis 16
2012 5th, East (14–9–11) Runners-up Round of 32 Quarter-finals Bruin 12 Davis 12
2013 4th, East (14–11–9) Lost Conference Finals Fourth round Group stage Barnes 9 Davis 9
2014 8th, East (11–17–6) Did not qualify Fifth Round Did not qualify Barnes 11 Davis 11
2015 8th, West (11–14–9) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify Bruin 11 Davis 10
2016 10th, West (7–14–13) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify WengerManotas 6 Garcia 9
2017 4th, West (13–10–11) Lost Conference Finals Fifth round Did not qualify Torres 14 Alex 10

Note †: Eliminated in the Qualification Semi-finals.


Player records


MLS regular season only, through January 21, 2016


MLS regular season only

Player Awards

Goal of the Year

Save of the Year

Fair Play Player award


BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dynamo 2012 photo By Paul Duron, Houtexusa at English Wikipedia, https







MLS welcomes in Week 24: Crew SC hosting Houston Dynamo on Saturday


  • Two-time Open Cup winner Curtin leads charge for Union
  • Maturing Manotas has Dynamo on brink of historic Open Cup final
  • Fire’s Nikolic exudes consistent goalscoring prowess in Open Cup
  • Healthy Altidore has TFC in hunt for Canadian Championship repeat
  • Playoff-hungry clubs look for boost as Secondary Transfer Window closes Wednesday
  • MLS Week 24: Match Notes


USA Today Sports Images - Union head coach Jim Curtin

Two-time Open Cup winner Curtin leads charge for Union
Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin, a two-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winner as a defender for the Chicago Fire, is now looking to advance past his former side and reach this year’s final in a managerial capacity. The Union host Chicago on Wednesday in the Open Cup semifinals at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET / U.S. Open Cup Match Center ). Curtin guided Philadelphia to runner-up performances in 2014 and 2015 as he hopes to get the Union over the hump in the 2018 edition.

The Union have outscored their opponents 8-1 in Open Cup play this year. In the quarterfinals, Philadelphia topped Orlando City SC 1-0, with Alejandro Bedoya tallying a fourth-minute goal, which proved to be the game-winner. Bedoya has enjoyed a strong Open Cup overall after assisting both goals in a 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls in the Round of 16.

The Union are two victories away from becoming the seventh Pennsylvania-based team to win the Open Cup as the state has enjoyed some storied franchises in the tournament, including five-time winners Bethlehem Steel and four-time champions the Philadelphia Ukrainians.




USA Today Sports Images - Houston's Mauro Manotas

Maturing Manotas has Dynamo
on brink of historic Open Cup final

Mauro Manotas is having a breakout season for the Houston Dynamo with a career-high 11 goals scored for the club in MLS regular season action and has the team on the verge of its first finals appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The 23-year-old forward moved from Colombia to Houston at the age of 19 and was taken under the wing of Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan , who placed Manotas with a host family and would often drive him to trainings. Now, living on his own and thriving as a starter, Manotas will look to further repay the organization for its work in accommodating the young star when facing the Los Angeles Football Club in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium (8:30 p.m. ET / U.S. Open Cup Match Center).

Manotas scored the game-winner in a 1-0 Round of 16 victory over Minnesota United FC before powering the Dynamo with a brace in a 4-2 victory over reigning Open Cup champions Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinals. With three goals in Open Cup play, Manotas is the second-highest remaining scorer in the tournament and on the verge of setting several Dynamo franchise scoring marks. With 11 MLS regular season goals, Manotas is on the heels of breaking Erick Torres’ mark of 14 goals set last season, while his 14 goals across all competitions approaches Will Bruin’s franchise record of 16 scores in 2012.

Houston holds an overall record of 5-2-5 in matches where Manotas has scored a goal this season, including U.S. Open Cup play. Should the Dynamo win on Wednesday, they would host the final if playing Philadelphia, but would travel if facing the Chicago Fire.

USA Today Sports Images - Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic

Fire’s Nikolic exudes consistent
goalscoring prowess in Open Cup

Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikoliccemented his place as one of the league’s top current goalscoring threats after winning the Golden Boot during the 2017 MLS season with 24 tallies. Nikolic now finds himself on the verge of potentially earning the same honor during the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.

Nikolic has scored four goals in this year’s tournament – tied for second among the field – and he looks to add to that total when Chicago travels to face the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET / U.S. Open Cup Match Center ) in the semifinals. Nikolic scored the game-winners in both the quarterfinals (4-0 win against defending United Soccer League champions Louisville City FC) and the Round of 16 (1-0 victory against Atlanta United). He also netted a brace during a 2-2 draw against Columbus Crew SC on June 6, with the Fire advancing 10-9 in the fourth-round penalty kick shootout.

Chicago is the winningest MLS team remaining in the tournament, having won the Open Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006), and Nikolic serves as one of the brightest spots on a Fire roster itching to add to this trophy case. The 2018 ESPY Award winner for Best MLS Player has been consistent both in the Open Cup and in MLS action, having scored four goals in his past five regular-season starts.

Based on the Open Cup draw, if the Fire advance they would host the U.S. Open Cup Final on Oct. 3 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Healthy Altidore has TFC in hunt for Canadian Championship repeat
Reigning title-holders and six-time Canadian champions Toronto FC will take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Wednesday’s first leg of the Canadian Championship Final Round at BC Place in Vancouver (10 p.m. ET, TSN 1/4), led by their star-studded cast which captured last season’s triple crown – the Supporters’ Shield, MLS Cup and Canadian Championship.

Forward Jozy Altidore has come back into form after missing 16 straight MLS regular season games due to injury. The stalwart forward, who reappeared for Toronto on July 21, has earned significant minutes in the past three MLS regular season matches and has contributed a goal and an assist over this stretch to keep TFC unbeaten since his return.

With a return to glory on the line, will TFC make a strong statement in Leg 1, or will Vancouver Whitecaps FC play spoilers to earn their first trip back to the Concacaf Champions League since the 2016-17 edition? Leg 2 of the two-game, aggregate goal series will take place at BMO Field in Toronto on Aug. 15 (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN 1/4).

Playoff-hungry clubs look for boost as Secondary Transfer Window closes Wednesday
MLS teams approaching the MLS Cup Playoffs picture or strengthening their position in their respective conferences are looking for one final roster boost with the close of the Secondary Transfer Window this Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. CT. Some teams have already enjoyed the fruits of key signings during this July 10-Aug. 8 window, while others’ futures remain to be seen.

Seattle Sounders FC qualifies for the former as Peruvian international forward Raul Ruidiaz, in his short tenure, has contributed a goal and an assist in three starts. Seattle is 3-0-0 in Ruidiaz’s starts, and Sounders FC have compiled an impressive seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) overall to inch closer to a postseason position.

Western Conference-leading FC Dallas bolstered their roster with new young talent to maintain their top spot. In July, Dallas signed 21-year-old Chilean midfielder Pablo Aranguiz, 24-year-old defender Marquinhos Pedroso of Brazil and 26-year-old defender Moises Hernandez, adding depth to a corps that touts the likes of Belgian Roland Lamah and Colombian Michael Barrios.

Will English Designated Player Wayne Rooney catapult D.C. United during the club’s remaining home-heavy schedule, or will 21-year-old Venezuelan Ronaldo Peña – a member of Venezuela’s runner-up squad at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – provide an offensive spark for the Houston Dynamo? The movers and shakers will be defined in the coming weeks.

Coming next week:
Atlanta’s Josef Martinez on cusp of MLS single-season goalscoring record
Second leg of Canadian Championship: Toronto vs. Vancouver (Aug. 15).
Heineken Rivalry Week is on the horizon from Aug. 22-26.

MLS Regular Season – Week 24
(Times ET)
Saturday, Aug. 11

∙​ Columbus Crew SC vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 9 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ Real Salt Lake vs. Montreal Impact, 10 p.m. (TVA Sports, ESPN+)
∙​ LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United FC, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ Los Angeles Football Club vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 11 p.m. (TSN, ESPN+)

Sunday, Aug. 12
∙​ Toronto FC vs. New York City FC, 4 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN)
∙​ D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC, 8 p.m. (FS1, FOX Deportes, TSN)
∙​ Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, 10 p.m. (FS1, FOX Deportes, TSN)

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Semifinals
(Times ET)
Wednesday, Aug. 8

∙​ Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire, 7 p.m.
∙​ Houston Dynamo vs. Los Angeles Football Club, 8:30 p.m.

Canadian Championship, Final (1st leg)
(Times ET)
Wednesday, Aug. 8

∙​ Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC, 10 p.m.

MLS Week 24: Match Notes
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Columbus Crew SC vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • Crew SC return to action after a weekend off, winning a second game in a row last time out, defeating the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on July 28. Crew SC have won consecutive league games for the first time since winning three in a row from May 9-19.
  • The Dynamo suffered a third consecutive defeat in seeing their winless run reach five matches, falling 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The Dynamo won the lone meeting between the teams a season ago, a 3-1 victory on March 11 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The road team has not won in the series since 2011, when Crew SC claimed a 2-0 victory at Robertson Stadium in Houston. It is one of just two wins for the away team all-time in 23 meetings between the clubs.
  • Crew SC have not lost to the Dynamo in Columbus since June 10, 2007, a 2-1 Houston victory. Since then, Crew SC have won six of the nine meetings at home, with three draws. The Dynamo have won four of the past six meetings in Houston, with two draws.

New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season.Anthony Fontana and CJ Sapong scored on either side of halftime as the Union took a 2-0 win in the season opener for both clubs on March 3 at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • The Union have won four of the past five meetings between the clubs, all by shutout, outscoring New England 12-0 in those matches. The Revolution won the last meeting between the teams at Gillette Stadium, July 29 of last year, a 3-0 victory.
  • The Revolution put an end to a three-game losing streak, but still saw their winless run extended to five games, reaching a 3-3 draw with Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening. Teal Bunbury scored a goal, his 11th of the season. He is tied for fifth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • The Union had their two-game road winning streak snapped, falling 3-0 to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Saturday evening.

Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • The Fire suffered their sixth consecutive loss – the club’s record streak in 21 seasons – falling 2-1 to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the lone Chicago goal, his fourth of the season.
  • The Red Bulls won their seventh match out of their past nine in league play, defeating the Los Angeles Football Club 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening. Danny Royerscored both Red Bulls goals, his third career multiple-goal game in his MLS career.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season.Aleksandar Katai and Nemanja Nikolic each scored on either side of halftime as the Fire took a 2-1 win on April 21 at Red Bull Arena.
  • The Fire win in the first meeting ended a six-game undefeated streak for the Red Bulls in the series. It also ended a three-game winning streak in the series for the Red Bulls in Harrison.
  • The Red Bulls have come away with a result on their past three trips to Toyota Park (one win, two draws). When the Red Bulls won Oct. 25, 2015 at Toyota Park, it was their first win ever in Bridgeview. The Red Bulls’ last away win against Chicago had come May 14, 2005, a 3-0 win at Soldier Field; in between, the Fire were unbeaten in 14 home games in the league series (9-0-5).

Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 9 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • The Rapids snapped their five-game winless run, coming back for a 2-1 win against the LA Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening. Kellyn Acosta scored his second goal in as many games since moving to Colorado from FC Dallas; then Sam Nicholson scored the game-winner in the 90th minute.
  • The Quakes put an end to their 12-game winless streak – the third-longest in club history – in a 3-1 win against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. Vako Qazaishvili scored a pair of goals – his second two-goal game this season, with his first coming in the season opener.
  • The teams split their two meetings a season ago, each winning at home by shutout, the Rapids by a 3-0 scoreline May 13 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and the Quakes with a 1-0 triumph on July 29 at Avaya Stadium.
  • The Rapids are undefeated in the past six meetings with the Quakes in Commerce City, the last San Jose win there coming in 2013. The Rapids have won twice, with four draws. The Rapids win at home Oct. 13, 2016 ended a 14-game overall winless streak in the series.
  • The Quakes have won the three meetings all-time at Avaya Stadium, all by 1-0 scorelines. San Jose has not conceded a home goal to Colorado since a 1-1 draw on May 18, 2013, a span of 514 scoreless minutes for the Rapids in the Bay Area.

Real Salt Lake vs. Montreal Impact, 10 p.m. (TVA Sports, ESPN+)

  • Real Salt Lake put an end to a three-game winless streak while extending their undefeated streak to three games, defeating the Chicago Fire 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening. Damir Kreilach netted both RSL goals.
  • The Impact had their winless run stretched to three games with a second draw in that time, playing to a 1-1 result with D.C. United at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening.
  • The Impact won the lone meeting between the teams a season ago, a 3-1 win on Aug. 19 at Stade Saputo. The Impact have won all three meetings at Stade Saputo, scoring 10 goals in the process, including a 3-2 win in Montréal in 2013, and a 4-1 win in 2015.
  • The teams reached a 1-1 draw in their last meeting at Rio Tinto Stadium, July 9, 2016, the only time the home team did not win in the series. RSL won the first two meetings in Sandy, a 1-0 win in 2012, and a 3-1 win in 2014.

LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United FC, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • The Galaxy had their nine-game undefeated streak put to an end, losing for the first time since May 30, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening.
  • Minnesota United FC suffered a second consecutive defeat on the heels of a three-game winning run, seeing Seattle Sounders FC score two goals in stoppage time for a 2-1 win at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Darwin Quintero netted the lone MNUFC goal, his 10th of the season, his fifth consecutive game with a goal and/or an assist, with four goals and six assists over that span.
  • The teams met twice in Minnesota United’s inaugural season, and the Galaxy won both, once at each ground, a 2-1 win on May 21 at TCF Bank Stadium and a 3-0 win on Oct. 15 at StubHub Center.

Los Angeles Football Club vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • LAFC saw their winless streak reach a season-long four games, falling 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening.
  • Sporting KC snapped their five-game winless run, their longest of the season, by defeating the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Gianluca Busio set up the 74th-minute game-winning goal from Diego Rubio, the second-youngest player in MLS history to record an assist (aged 16 years, 68 days).
  • The teams are meeting for the first time ever, the first of two meetings this season. They are also scheduled to meet on Decision Day, Oct. 28, at Children’s Mercy Park.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 11 p.m. (TSN, ESPN+)

  • The Timbers equaled their club record with a 15th consecutive match without loss after defeating the Philadelphia Union 3-0 at Providence Park on Saturday evening. The Timbers have not lost in their past 16 home matches, their second-longest undefeated run in Portland in the club’s MLS history (22 games, 2013-14).
  • Whitecaps FC snapped a three-game away losing streak, gaining a 2-2 draw with New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The teams met three times a year ago, and the Timbers won all three – all by 2-1 scorelines – winning April 22 and Oct. 22 at Providence Park, and July 23 at BC Place.
  • Whitecaps FC have won four times in 22 all-time MLS meetings between the teams, all coming in the past 14 meetings.
  • The Timbers now have a six-game home undefeated streak alive in the series, with four wins and two draws. The last Vancouver win in Portland came on June 1, 2014, a 4-3 victory. The Timbers win in Vancouver last season ended a three-game Whitecaps FC winning streak at BC Place, over the previous two seasons, their only league wins at home vs. the Timbers.
  • The teams first met on May 16, 1975 in the old North American Soccer League, the Timbers winning 2-0 at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. The teams have met 90 times in all, across a number of competitions – the Whitecaps hold a 37-35-18 advantage in the all-time record between the clubs. The teams met twice in the NASL playoffs, in 1978 and 1980, each team advancing on one occasion.

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Toronto FC vs. New York City FC, 4 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN)

  • TFC had a two-game winning run snapped but still made it three games without loss, coming back for a late 2-2 draw with Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Sebastian Giovinco scored for a third consecutive game, while Tosaint Ricketts scored the equalizer in added time.
  • NYCFC saw their four-game home winning streak end but have still gone 14 consecutive league matches at Yankee Stadium without defeat, following their 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday evening. Valentin Castellanos scored the second NYCFC goal on his MLS debut.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Jo Inge Berget scored a pair of second-half goals to lead NYCFC to a 2-1 win on June 24 at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC have won two of the five regular-season meetings in the Bronx, with three draws.
  • TFC won the last league meeting between the teams at BMO Field, a 4-0 victory on July 30 of last year, their only win in league play against NYCFC, in eight regular-season meetings. NYCFC had won two of the first six meetings all-time, with four draws.
  • The teams did also meet in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2016 – and Toronto FC won 7-0 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at BMO Field, then 5-0 at Yankee Stadium.
  • David Villa has scored seven goals with one assist in five league appearances vs. Toronto FC, five of those goals coming in meetings in the Bronx.
  • Sebastian Giovinco has six goals and two assists in league play vs. NYCFC, including a hat trick in a nine-minute span in a 4-4 draw on July 12, 2015, at Yankee Stadium; he also scored a hat trick and added an assist in the second leg of the MLS Cup Playoffs series.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC, 8 p.m. (FS1, FOX Deportes, TSN)

  • D.C. United had their road winless streak stretched to seven games, despite coming back for a 1-1 draw with the Montréal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening.
  • Orlando City snapped a three-game losing streak, Scott Sutter netting the game-tying goal in stoppage time to pull the club back into a 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season.Stefano Pinho scored in second-half stoppage time, canceling out a Yamil Asad first-half goal, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw in the season opener, March 3 at Orlando.
  • Orlando City have a four-game undefeated streak alive in the series, winning three meetings in a row before the draw in the opener this year. The first meeting result also ended a three-game home winning streak for OCSC in the series.
  • Orlando City ended their RFK Stadium history with a 2-1 win last Sept. 9, their only win ever at D.C.
  • The teams also met this year in the U.S. Open Cup fifth round, reaching a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes before Orlando City advanced 4-2 on penalty kicks.

Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, 10 p.m. (FS1, FOX Deportes, TSN)

  • Sounders FC won their fourth consecutive match, defeating Minnesota United FC 2-1 in a dramatic comeback at TFC Bank Stadium on Saturday evening. The four-game winning streak is one game shy of the club’s record in its MLS history.
  • The goals by Nicolas Lodeiro (91+) and Will Bruin (97+) both came in stoppage time, the sixth time in MLS history (and second this season) a team scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals in second-half stoppage time. The LA Galaxy did it July 14 at New England.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season.Roland Lamah scored two goals and set up a third as FC Dallas claimed a 3-0 win on March 18 at Toyota Stadium.
  • Sounders FC have won the past seven league meetings between the teams in Seattle, and eight of the 10 meetings there all-time, after their 4-0 win in the second meeting between the teams last year on Oct. 15. The only FCD win at CenturyLink Field came in 2011, a 1-0 victory on May 25.
  • Over the past three seasons, Sounders FC have outscored FC Dallas 12-0 in three regular season meetings at CenturyLink Field. FC Dallas has not scored a goal in their last 408 minutes played in all competitions in Seattle, including the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals, which marked a third consecutive year the teams met in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
  • FC Dallas have a six-game home undefeated streak in league play vs. Sounders FC, with four wins, and a nine-game home undefeated streak in the series in all competitions. Sounders FC last won in Frisco on April 12, 2014.



MLS Disciplinary Committee makes decisions on fines and suspensions



NEW YORK (July 27, 2018) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Orlando City SC midfielder Cristian Higuita an undisclosed fine for simulation/embellishment in the 64th minute of Orlando’s match against New York City FC July 26 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Houston Dynamo midfielder Tomás Martínez for failure to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner during the 59th minute of Houston’s match against the Philadelphia Union on July 25 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Columbus Crew SC midfielder Niko Hansen in violation of the League’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent. Hansen has been issued an undisclosed fine for his action in the 24th minute of Crew SC’s match against Orlando City SC on July 21 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found both Columbus Crew SC and Orlando City SC in violation of the Mass Confrontation Policy during the 24th minute (VIDEO) and 94th minute (VIDEO) of the teams’ match on July 21. Orlando City SC has been issued an undisclosed fine for the club’s second violation of League policy this season, while head coach James O’Connor has been issued an official warning for his first violation. Crew SC has been issued a warning for the club’s first violation of the League’s policy this season.

In addition, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued undisclosed fines to Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen, Orlando City SC goalkeeper Joe Bendik, and Orlando City SC midfielder Oriol Rosell for instigating and escalating a mass confrontation during the 94th minute of the teams’ match on July 21.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Efraín Juárez an additional two games (three games total) and issued an additional undisclosed fine for aggressive behavior toward a match official during the 77th minute of Vancouver’s match against Seattle Sounders FC on July 21 (VIDEO).

Juárez, who originally received a red card for his actions, will serve his red card suspension during the Whitecaps FC match against Minnesota United FC on July 28. The midfielder will serve his additional two-game suspension during Vancouver’s next MLS Regular Season matches on August 4 against New York City FC.
and on August 11 against the Portland Timbers.

Independent Panel Decision
The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one representative nominated from the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to Houston Dynamo midfielder Tomás Martínez for serious foul play in the 59th minute of the Dynamo’s match against Philadelphia Union on July 25 (VIDEO).

As a result of the Houston Dynamo appeal, Martínez is eligible to play in the Dynamo’s next regular season game on Saturday against the Portland Timbers.

Each Club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since Houston’s appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season.


Tonight’s Crew SC opponent, Real Salt Lake: MLS member since 2004


Real Salt Lake (RSL) is an American professional soccer franchise that competes as a member club of Major League Soccer (MLS) Western Conference. RSL began play in 2005 as an expansion team of the league. The club was founded in 2004 when the club’s first owner and founder was awarded an expansion berth in Major League Soccer.

The club plays its home games at Rio Tinto Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, since 2008. RSL initially played home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Utah, from 2005–2007. The team is currently led by head coach Mike Petke.

In domestic soccer, Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup and were runners-up in the 2013 MLS Cup, the Supporters Shield in 2010, and the 2013 edition of the U.S. Open Cup. The franchise regional success to date was in the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League, where RSL finished runners-up in the tournament becoming the first American club, since the CONCACAF Champions League format was introduced in 2008, to advance to the final stage of the tournament.


The title Real (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal]) is a Spanish word that means ‘royal’ in English. The term is usually used by Spanish clubs who have received royal patronage from a reigning Spanish king, the most famous of which include Real MadridReal Betis and Real Sociedad. In choosing the name Real, owner Dave Checketts intended to create a brand name that would become well known for its simplicity, as well as an association with the world-famous club in Madrid that the club had been striving toward. One of the reasons for using Real was founder Dave Checketts‘ admiration for Real Madrid during his time as the general manager of the Utah Jazz National Basketball Association franchise. Checketts also found it encouraging that Real Madrid had a basketball team as well.

Local reaction to the new team’s name was initially met with mixed feelings. On top of that, some thought that the name sounded contrived, and did not truly reflect the Salt Lake area, with other team names such as “Highlanders”, “Salt Lake SC”, or “Union SLC” being more preferred. However, by at least 2014, reaction to the name had improved, with the team establishing its identity as a representative of Salt Lake.

Attendance by season

MLS season Regular season MLS playoffs
2005 18,935 DNQ
2006 16,366 DNQ
2007 15,960 DNQ
2008 16,179 17,364
2009 16,375 11,499
2010 17,095 19,324
2011 17,594 17,067
2012 19,153 19,657
2013 19,362 18,187
2014 20,351 20,713
2015 20,160 DNQ
2016 19,759 NHG
2017 18,781 DNQ

DNQ = Did not qualifyNHG = No home game during playoffs

Top 10 RSL home unbeaten streaks

In progress
  • Only regular-season matches played with Real Salt Lake in Utah counted towards records.
As of June 25, 2018
Home unbeaten run
Rank Games unbeaten Start date End date Record (W–D–L)
1 29 June 6, 2009 May 14, 2011 (20–9–0)
2 14 March 12, 2016 September 16, 2016 (8–6–0)
3 12 July 4, 2014 March 29, 2015 (9–3–0)
March 29, 2008 August 29, 2008 (7–5–0)
5 9 May 1, 2015 July 24, 2015 (4–5–0)
6 8 July 22, 2017 October 22, 2017 (5–3–0)
October 5, 2013 May 24, 2014 (4–4–0)
8 7 March 17, 2018 June 23, 2018 (6–1–0)
9 6 May 4, 2013 July 3, 2013 (4–2–0)
September 1, 2012 April 20, 2013 (4–2–0)
June 4, 2011 July 23, 2011 (4–2–0)
October 9, 2008 May 6, 2009 (4–2–0)

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Nation Tenure
9 Jason Kreis Forward United States United States 2005–2007

Head coaches

  • Includes MLS regular Season, MLS Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of June 25, 2018


All Time Real Salt Lake Coaching Stats
Head Coach Tenure Games Win Loss Draw Win %
United States John Ellinger January 2005–May 3, 2007 71 16 39 16 33.8%
United States Jason Kreis May 3, 2007 – December 10, 2013 261 112 85 64 55.2%
United States Jeff Cassar December 18, 2013 – March 20, 2017 121 45 43 33 50.8%
United States Daryl Shore (interim) March 20, 2017 – April 3, 2017 2 0 1 1 0.0%
United States Mike Petke April 3, 2017–present 47 20 21 6 48.9%




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